House 1014 Proves That Plain Masonry Building Can Be Truly Beautiful

By: Amelia Roblin - Jan 22, 2015
References: harquitectes & archdaily
It would be expected to assume that a boxy brick house would look bland, but this particular project couldn't prove this presumption more wrong. Called House 1014, it features basic rectilinear massing and relatively unadorned walls, sufficing to emphasize the raw aesthetic of laid red bricks.

With the task of constructing a residence on a long and narrow lot, Spain's H Arquitectes devised some creative configurations of rooms. The property has the benefit of access to a street on each end of it, so two facades were erected with care. Wooden doors and subtle patterns of blocks give one side a rustic yet elegant appearance. The opposite features a patio that hints at the courtyards within, treated like al fresco living spaces. This boxy brick house in Barcelona is far from boring, rather marking a renewed interest in the aesthetic of a reliable material.